Westminster very own Mystic Meg has been at it again.
Former Home Secretary Charles Clarke will mount Ã¢â‚¬Å“a kamikaze challenge against Gordon Brown for the Labour leadershipÃ¢â‚¬, confidently predicted The SunÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s political editor George Pascoe-Watson on 3 May.
Sadly, Clarke had already decided against any such foolishness and confirmed his intentions hours later in an interview with GPWÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s News International colleagues. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not going to runÃ¢â‚¬, Clarke stated (unhelpfully for GPW) in an interview with The Times.
Still, perhaps the incident was marginally less embarrassing than GPWÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s even more confident splash prediction in September that Tony Blair had Ã¢â‚¬Å“sensationally named May 31Ã¢â‚¬ as the date for his resignation.
To their bitter regret, his more gullible colleagues in the Press Gallery Ã¢â‚¬’ including those on the Daily Mail Ã¢â‚¬’ followed up the page one tale.